Become a relationship counselling practitioner with expertise in domestic and family violence, with our new Graduate Diploma.
The Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a Focus on Family Violence) is suitable for counselling practitioners, or equivalent, wanting to enhance their skills to work with individuals and families affected by domestic and family violence.
With the skills and knowledge gained in the course, graduates will also be equipped for senior roles involving oversight of family violence service delivery including risk management, multi-disciplinary collaborative practice that is aligned with current practice requirements, family violence practice guidelines and legal/statutory obligations.
Highly interactive course - ask questions, see skills demonstrated first-hand.
Learn from experienced relationship counsellors with backgrounds in organisational, private practice and family violence contexts.
Gain the skills required to work in a variety of family violence roles including senior positions.
Find out more in our Program Manual and Frequently Asked Questions.
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Relationship counsellors support individuals and families with a range of complex personal and relational issues affecting individual and family functioning.
A relationship counsellor’s role may include family violence service delivery including risk assessment, risk management and multi-disciplinary collaborative practice that is aligned with practice requirements, family violence practice guidelines and legal/statutory obligations.
Face-to-face delivery over a 12-month period, split into two semesters.
- The first semester consists of weekly face-to-face classes and skills workshops.
- The second semester consists of a fully-arranged and supported work placement for all students, along with monthly face-to-face seminars.
This course will next run in June 2021. Please contact us directly to express your interest.
RAV makes every effort to keep our course as affordable as possible.
- The Graduate Diploma fee for 2020 is $12750, inclusive of the fully-supported work placement.
- A deposit of $1000 is required upon enrolment. Instalment options are available.
For more information about fees, please see the RTO Program Manual or contact us directly.
- Subject 1: Legislation, ethics, codes of conduct, policy and collaborative practice in relationship counselling and domestic and family violence work.
- Subject 2: Domestic and family violence: prevalence, dynamics, characteristics, risk assessment, risk management and protective concerns.
- Subject 3: Relationship counselling theory and practice skills.
- Subject 4: Domestic and family violence practice skills.
- Subject 5: Counselling children, young people and families.
- Subject 6: Separation, family law and child-focused parenting arrangements.
- 50 hours supervised by an experienced relationship counselling practitioner.
- Please visit www.training.gov.au for detailed information on the course units.
Units of Competency
The Subjects and Work Placement listed above cover the following units of competency within the course:
- CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
- CHCDFV013 Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes
- CHCDFV010 Promote accountability and assist users of domestic and family violence to accept responsibility
- CHCDFV014 Provide programs to people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence
- CHCDFV002 Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence
- CHCFCS001 Facilitate the family counselling process
- CHCFCS002 Provide relationship counselling
- CHCFCS003 Provide counselling to children and young people
- CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment
- CHCFAM007 Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
- CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework
- Fully arranged and supported work placement in a service providing relationship counselling and family violence services to clients. Each student is matched with a centre and experienced counselling supervisor.
- Students will participate in a minimum of 50 hours of client and case support work.
We are committed to providing high quality training that leads to a positive student experience at RAV. Feedback is sought from all our students through formal and informal evaluations throughout each course and this informs the ongoing development of our training programs.
Our students consistently provide positive feedback about their experience of training with RAV. Below are some of their comments, shared with their permission.
- "This has been an amazing time of growth. The readings / learnings have been instrumental in the advancement of organisational practice but also in my own reflective capacity – best experience."
- "The trainers were experts in the field and very willing to share their knowledge and encourage participation."
- "Fantastic. Fast paced and interactive. (I) learned a lot of very useful skills."
- "Trainers very experienced and capable, also encouraging - invaluable resources and support."
The Graduate Diploma is delivered by highly experienced and currently-practising relationship counsellors who have worked in a range of organisational, private practice and family violence contexts. Trainers have current training and assessment qualifications and relevant industry experience.
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
To gain entry into the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a focus on Family Violence) a candidate must have one of the following:
- an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in counselling, psychology, social work, social science, or equivalent,
- a Diploma of Counselling from the CHC Community Services Training Package or equivalent, or
- ability to provide documented evidence of previous experience in a family counselling environment in a job role involving:
- self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
- exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
- a range of technical and other skills.
Upon request and where applicable, candidates may request a credit transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please refer to the RTO Program Manual for more information.
All applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.
Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
From 1 January 2015, students undertaking nationally accredited training with RAV (i.e. enrolling into VET courses) will need to set up a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and provide this to Administration via email. RAV is required to record and verify a USI for each student.
More information is on the USI website and the links below can assist you to apply:
Recognition of prior learning
RAV is an RTO (registration code 21977), providing nationally-recognised courses.
Recognition enables students to have their existing skills and knowledge relating to the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling CHC81015 (with a focus on Family Violence) acknowledged and status granted where appropriate. This is available for people with extensive and relevant experience in counselling or family and domestic violence.
To apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you will need to provide evidence of the competencies needed for the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling (Family Violence) (CHC81015) by completing the RPL Application and Assessment Form, which is available on request from the RAV Training Team on (03) 8573 2277 or via email. Please also refer to the RTO Program Manual.